Alan Lee Silva
|Birth name||Alan Lee da Silva|
|Born||22 January 1939|
Bermuda, British Empire
|Genres||Jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Double bassist, songwriter, bandleader, composer, keyboardist|
|Instrument(s)||Upright bass, keyboards, electronic keyboard, trumpet, electric violin, sarangi|
|Labels||BYG Actuel, ESP Disk, Impulse!, Blue Note, (CBS, Sony, Columbia, Soul Note, Black Saint, JAPO, Hathut, MPS, ESP-Disk|
|Website||Alan Silva discography from Center of the World site|
Silva was born a British subject to an Azorean/Portuguese mother, Irene da Silva, and a black Bermudian father known only as "Ruby". He emigrated to the United States at the age of five with his mother, eventually acquiring U.S. citizenship by the age of 18 or 19. He adopted the stage name of Alan Silva in his twenties.
Silva was quoted in a Bermudan newspaper in 1988 as saying that although he left the island at a young age, he always considered himself Bermudian. He was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he first began studying the trumpet, and moved on to study the upright bass.
Silva is known as one of the most inventive bass players in jazz and has performed with many in the world of avant-garde jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp.
Silva performed in 1964's October Revolution in Jazz as a pioneer in the free jazz movement, and for Ayler's Live in Greenwich Village album. He has lived mainly in Paris since the early 1970s, where he formed the Celestrial Communication Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance of free jazz with various instrumental combinations. In the 1990s he picked up the electronic keyboard, declaring that his bass playing no longer surprised him. He has also used the electric violin and electric sarangi on his recordings.
In the 1980s, Silva opened a music school I.A.C.P. (Institute for Art, Culture and Perception) in Central Paris, introducing the concept of a Jazz Conservatory patterned after France's traditional conservatories devoted to European classical music epochs.
As leader or co-leader
|Recording date||Album||Label||Release date||Personnel|
|1968-11-01||Skillfulness||ESP-Disk||1969||With Karl Berger, Dave Burrell, Becky Friend, Mike Ephron, Lawrence Cooke|
|1969-08-17||Luna Surface||BYG||1969||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|1970-12-29||Seasons||BYG||1971||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|1971-01-01||My Country||Leo||1989||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|1974-09-01||Inner Song||Center of the World||1974||Solo bass, piano, organ, and voice|
|1978-11-01||The Shout - Portrait for a Small Woman||Chiaroscuro||1979||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|1982-06-25||Desert Mirage||IACP||1982||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|1986-11-23||Take Some Risks||In Situ||1989||With Roger Turner, Misha Lobko, Didier Petit, Bruno Girard|
|1993-04-14||In the Tradition||In Situ||1996||With Johannes Bauer and Roger Turner|
|1998-03-06||A Hero's Welcome: Pieces for Rare Occasions||Eremite||1999||With William Parker|
|1999-05-29||Emancipation Suite||Boxholder||2002||With Kidd Jordan and William Parker|
|1999-05-31||Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra||Eremite||2001||With the Sound Visions Orchestra|
|1999-10-16||Transmissions||Eremite||1999||With Oluyemi Thomas|
|2000-12-01||The All-Star Game||Eremite||2003||With Marshall Allen, Kidd Jordan, William Parker, and Hamid Drake|
|2001-05-24||H.Con.Res.57/Treasure Box||Eremite||2003||With the Celestrial Communication Orchestra|
|2006-11-01||Stinging Nettles||Improvising Beings||2014||With Lucien Johnson and Makoto Sato|
|2008-08-28||Parallel Worlds||Long Song||2012||With Burton Greene|
|2009-08-29||Crimson Lip||Improvising Beings||2011||With Keiko Higuchi, Sabu Toyozumi, Takuo Tanikawa|
|2011-04-17||Plug In||Multikulti Project||2013||With Roger Turner|
|2014-07-21||Free Electric Band||Fortune||2016||With Mette Rasmussen and Ståle Liavik Solberg|
|2014-11-22||FreeJazzArt||RogueArt||2014||With Jacques Coursil|
with Albert Ayler
with Abdelhai Bennani
with Dave Burrell
with Bill Dixon
with Bobby Few
with Sunny Murray
with Sun Ra
with Archie Shepp
with Cecil Taylor
with Frank Wright
- 2001 - Inside Out in the Open (2001). Directed by Alan Roth.
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2265. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
- "Silva Interview". Paristransatlantic.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Alan Silva". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "Alan Silva". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- "Music | Free man". Bostonphoenix.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- Weiss, Jason (2012-05-01). Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk', the Most Outrageous Record Label in America. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 9780819571601.
- "Alan Silva @ All About Jazz". Musicians.allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.